President Trump released his proposed budget. It boosts defense spending, Veterans’ benefits, school choice, and homeland security. But it dramatically slashes the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
It cuts most agency’s appropriations and eliminates some of them completely. See the list of agencies and programs that Trump’s budget would eliminate entirely.
Among the entities that would be zeroed out are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
You can read the entire budget proposal here.
Congress, including its Republican members, are criticizing the “draconian” cuts.
Those Republicans have been talking for years about the need to cut the budget and to pare back all of the things our government has become involved with, at great expense. And yet this is the first Republican budget I can recall that actually made those changes.
Let me comment on one sacred cow that is being sacrificed: the National Endowment for the Arts. Some are saying, if the NEA ceases to exist, the arts will be doomed! But the arts thrived before the NBA got started under the Johnson administration. In fact, the arts were surely more interesting and even more experimental and controversial back then–think of surrealism, abstract expressionism, pop art, and you name the movement–when artists were competing for audiences rather than federal grants. [Read more…]